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The Black Douglas






Artists impression of the schooner in 1930
Photgraphed in 1962 in San Diego, California
Fish and Wildlife Service Ship BLACK DOUGLAS. This vessel was used for CALCOFI cruises off California and Baja California.




The Black Douglas kept it's name and it's hull and little else for war time service. In 1942 a new 600HP turbo-charged Enterprise Engine from Seattle, Washington was installed. The large deckhouse structure was added with a gun on the bow. The masts and bowsprit were removed, also. Unlike TeVega, the sails didn't contribute that much to speed. The Black Douglas' basic configuration was not altered much until 1972.

"Designation: PYc-45 Black Douglas IX-55 Black Douglas Class" It had a class of it's own.

3-Masted Staysail Auxiliary Schooner Yacht for Robert Roebling.
150'long, 32'beam, 17'-7 1/2"depth, 12'draft, displacement 331 light ship, 416 full load, 3-masted staysail schooner with 2 auxilary diesel engines, 325 horsepower, masts reaching 116' above deck, 9111 sguare feet of canvas, 60 tons of ballast. Keel laid November 22,1929, launched June 9,1930, delivered July 29,1930. Transferred to the United States Navy in 1942 for World War II. Designated PYc-45 and assigned to submarine duty off the Pacific Northwest coast. Returned to owners October 1944. Later to United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a research vessel. To Bureau of Fisheries in 1960 as a research vessel."










Laid down 22 November 1929 as the 3-masted Staysail Auxiliary Schooner Black Douglas by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
Launched 9 June 1930
Delivered 29 July 1930
Sold to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September 1941
Acquired by the Navy in 1942 and classified as a Miscellaneous Unclassified Auxiliary, IX-55
Placed in service as USS Black Douglas (IX 55), 18 April 1942
Reclassified a Coastal Patrol Yacht, PYc-45, 8 April 1943
Commissioned USS Black Douglas (PYc 45), 19 April 1943
Decommissioned 20 September 1944 at Puget Sound Navy Yard
Returned to the Fish and Wildlife Service 4 October 1944
Struck from the Navy Register 14 October 1944
Transferred to the Bureau of Fisheries in 1960 as a research vessel
Sold in 1972 to the George Stoll family, owners of the Flint School in Sarasota, FL and renamed teQuest
Sold in 1982 tp a group of investors and renamed Aquarius
Renamed Aquarius W
Renamed El Boughaz I by her new owner, the King of Morocco, and is often spotted around Marseille, France
She is presently up for sale at a price of $6,000,000 - $7,000,000. This price is a little high for the amount of yacht, but she now carries a $1-2 million "HISTORICAL" premium (When?)
Fate unknown.


Displacement 371 t.
Length 133' 5"
Beam 32'
Draft 12'
Speed 9.5 kts.
Armament: Four .50 cal. machine guns
Propulsion: Sail (9,111 square feet of canvas) and two 325hp Cooper Bessemer auxiliary diesel engines, later changed to a 400hp Enterprise diesel engine, and now equipped with two 290hp Volvo diesel engines, one shafts.




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  • Ships named Douglas


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